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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Department to consider mayor vote delay

COPELAND Council has received a boost in its aim to have a potential elected mayor vote delayed to cut down on cost.

By Andrew Clarke

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to the council’s chief executive Paul Walker to say it will “consider” a date change – from October this year until next May – if a referendum votes in favour of an elected mayor.

As things stand, if Copeland votes in favour of an elected mayor on May 22, a vote will take place on October 16 to elect him or her, with the full £120,000 cost to be met by the council.

If the vote is delayed until May 2015, it will tie in with the general election and local borough and parish elections, thereby cutting admin costs.

These dates are prescribed to Copeland Council and can only be altered by DCLG.

DCLG’s Ian Barber responded that the department “notes” the advantages that a May 2015 vote would bring.

He added: “If the vote in the referendum is in favour of a change, we will be happy to consider representations on an appropriate date for the subsequent election.”

Mr Walker said: “We have received the letter from Mr Barber and welcome the response from the DCLG.

“Clearly the immediate priority is organising the referendum and we will consider further representations to DCLG pending the outcome of a vote on May 22.”

If elected, the mayor would hold the policy-forming and decision-making powers currently held by council leader Elaine Woodburn and her Executive team – all of whom would revert to being regular ward councillors.

Those who wish to vote in the referendum must be registered to vote.

Those not on the electoral register have until May 6 to apply.

Call 0845 054 8600, email elections@copeland.gov.uk, or visit the main reception desk at the Copeland Centre.

Have your say

If the people making the decisions in CBC had to run a private company and make a profit it would have gone bust a long long time ago.... we NEED an elected mayor.

Posted by Clive on 19 March 2014 at 13:44

Reply to 'Energycoast':
completely missed the point. The people of Copeland are fed up with the current incompetents miss leading Copeland. Stay in the minority if you wish, the remainder of the forward thinking populace of Copeland will turn up at the ballot box and change the ineffectual, ineffective and inept form of governance lead by Mz. Woodburn and the amateurish 'executive'.
What do people like you find so scary about one person one vote?
Please consider moving to North Korea, Cuba or The Peoples Republic of China. Or, are the trappings of living in a 'capitalist society' (as described by a CCC 'councillor' documented in the Whitehaven News) more attractive whilst upholding undemocratic principles?
People like you make personality profiling so easy, no complexity whatsoever.

Posted by observer on 15 March 2014 at 22:29

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